Equities analysts expect that Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp (NYSE:VAC) will report $1.16 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Three analysts have made estimates for Marriott Vacations Worldwide’s earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $1.25 and the lowest estimate coming in at $1.06. Marriott Vacations Worldwide posted earnings of $1.83 per share during the same quarter last year, which indicates a negative year-over-year growth rate of 36.6%. The firm is expected to announce its next quarterly earnings report on Thursday, February 22nd.

On average, analysts expect that Marriott Vacations Worldwide will report full year earnings of $5.38 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $5.28 to $5.48. For the next fiscal year, analysts expect that the business will post earnings of $6.12 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $5.95 to $6.42. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share averages are an average based on a survey of research analysts that cover Marriott Vacations Worldwide.

VAC has been the topic of a number of research reports. Nomura initiated coverage on shares of Marriott Vacations Worldwide in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $151.00 price objective on the stock. Instinet initiated coverage on shares of Marriott Vacations Worldwide in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $151.00 price objective on the stock. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Marriott Vacations Worldwide from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, February 5th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Marriott Vacations Worldwide from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, January 12th. Finally, Macquarie initiated coverage on shares of Marriott Vacations Worldwide in a research note on Friday, January 5th. They issued an “outperform” rating on the stock. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company. Marriott Vacations Worldwide presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $133.22.

Shares of Marriott Vacations Worldwide (NYSE:VAC) traded up $2.73 during trading on Monday, reaching $138.78. 271,532 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 190,116. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.21, a current ratio of 6.64 and a quick ratio of 4.65. Marriott Vacations Worldwide has a twelve month low of $87.56 and a twelve month high of $154.14. The firm has a market cap of $3,750.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.86 and a beta of 1.25.

In other news, COO R. Lee Cunningham sold 9,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $135.02, for a total value of $1,215,180.00. Following the sale, the chief operating officer now owns 19,356 shares in the company, valued at $2,613,447.12. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director Melquiades R. Martinez sold 2,812 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $133.14, for a total transaction of $374,389.68. Following the sale, the director now owns 445 shares in the company, valued at approximately $59,247.30. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 15,554 shares of company stock worth $2,113,261 in the last quarter. Company insiders own 3.30% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Bamco Inc. NY grew its position in Marriott Vacations Worldwide by 0.6% during the third quarter. Bamco Inc. NY now owns 2,162,214 shares of the company’s stock valued at $269,261,000 after buying an additional 13,800 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. grew its position in Marriott Vacations Worldwide by 7.6% during the third quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 149,988 shares of the company’s stock valued at $18,679,000 after buying an additional 10,555 shares during the period. Stifel Financial Corp grew its position in Marriott Vacations Worldwide by 52.8% during the third quarter. Stifel Financial Corp now owns 3,599 shares of the company’s stock valued at $441,000 after buying an additional 1,244 shares during the period. Russell Investments Group Ltd. grew its position in Marriott Vacations Worldwide by 438.6% during the third quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 6,953 shares of the company’s stock valued at $866,000 after buying an additional 5,662 shares during the period. Finally, Pettee Investors Inc. acquired a new stake in Marriott Vacations Worldwide during the third quarter valued at $995,000. Institutional investors own 73.97% of the company’s stock.

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About Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation focuses on vacation ownership, based on number of owners, number of resorts and revenues. The Company is an exclusive worldwide developer, marketer, seller and manager of vacation ownership and related products under the Marriott Vacation Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands.

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